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May 15th, 2008
Trauth makes magazine’s list of most powerful, influential women in Texas

Texas Diversity, a new publication of the non-profit Texas Diversity Council, today announced its first annual Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas list.

This list, compiled from submitted nominations and research conducted by the Texas Diversity staff, includes 36 impressive women leaders from corporate entities, higher education institutions and the public sector. These women demonstrate leadership excellence, maintain a record of accomplishments throughout their careers, are major contributors to their fields of work, significantly impact the profitability and direction of their organizations, and are committed to the well-being of the community.

The 2008 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas include (in alphabetical order):

Arcilia C. Acosta
President & Chief Executive Officer
CARCON Industries & Construction

Colleen C. Barrett
Southwest Airlines

Gretchen M. Bataille, Ph.D.
University of North Texas

Maria Wyckoff Boyce
Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Jeri Callaway
Vice President & General Manager, Personal Systems Group
Hewlett-Packard Company

Amy Chronis
Managing Partner
Deloitte and Touche, L.L.P.

Janet F. Clark
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Marathon Oil Corporation

Donna Fujimoto Cole
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cole Chemical and Distributing Inc.

Catherine M. Coughlin
Senior Executive Vice President & Global Marketing Officer

Patricia Diaz Dennis
Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

Harva R. Dockery
Fulbright and Jaworski, L.L.P.

Pamela A. Eibeck, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Engineering
Texas Tech University

Paula Gold-Williams
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
CPS Energy

Winell Herron
Group Vice President of Public Affairs & Diversity
H-E-B Grocery Company

Earsa R. Jackson
Strasburger & Price, L.L.P.

Elizabeth Ames Jones
Railroad Commission of Texas

Lynne Liberato
Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.

Janiece M. Longoria
Managing Partner
Ogden, Gibson, Brooks & Longoria, L.L.P.

Tracye McDaniel
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Greater Houston Partnership

Elsa A. Murano, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Diana S. Natalicio, Ph.D.
University of Texas at El Paso

Michelle Peluso
Chief Executive Officer

Anita T. Perry
First Lady of Texas

Marie Perry
Vice President of Treasury Operations & Investor Relations
Brinker International, Inc.

Cheri M. Phyfer
President, Southwest Division
Sherwin-Williams Company

Alice Rodriguez
Executive Vice President & Vice Chairman
JP Morgan Chase Bank & Co.

Kim A. Ruth
President, Houston Region
Bank of America

Jamey Seely
Vice President & General Counsel
Direct Energy U.S.

Delena Spencer
Vice President & Controller
Texas Instruments Inc.

Karen D. Taylor
Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer
Reliant Energy

Linda Valdez Thompson
Executive Vice President of Administration & Diversity
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Denise M. Trauth, Ph.D.
Texas State University

Lora Villarreal, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer
Affiliated Computer Services

Jennifer L. Vogel
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Continental Airlines, Inc.

Julia C. Wellborn
President, Dallas-Fort Worth Region
Wachovia Corporation

Kathleen J. Wu
Andrews Kurth, L.L.P.

“The women in the Most Powerful and Influential list exude excellence and are prime examples of what a ‘leader’ should be,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and CEO of the Texas Diversity Council and publisher of Texas Diversity. “These are talented and committed individuals that bring incredible value to their organizations and their communities.”


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